Ohio is facing a catch-22. Because the state's official unemployment rate has dropped to a full percentage point below the national average, the federal government is cutting back its share of emergency unemployment benefits to jobless Ohioans.
Ben Johnson, with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, says people will notice the cutback at the beginning of December.
A recent survey conducted by MadeInDaytonBlog.Com indicates that many manufacturing jobs in the Dayton area remain unfilled, despite large numbers of people looking for work.
The blog was started back in December as a clearinghouse for local manufacturers to communicate needs and exchange ideas. More than a hundred companies responded to the survey and said they have jobs that have remained unfilled – and many say the disconnect between available jobs and the unemployed comes down to skills.
DAYTON- Ohio’s unemployment rate continues to drop, indicating economic improvement in the state. Figures from the United States Bureau of Labor statistics show that the state has seen an overall 1 percent decrease in jobless Ohioans from September to February. However, local rates in the Dayton Metropolitan area are still high.
Dayton’s jobless rate in October was at 9.3 then fell to 8.3 percent in November. It has been rising since then and now stands at 8.8 percent for January. Figures for February and March are not yet released for the City.
Ohio's unemployment rate has dropped again, following the biggest one-month decline in almost 30 years.
The state Department of Job and Family Services reported Friday that the state had joblessness of 8.1 percent in December, down from 8.5 percent in November. The November rate had been down a full half-point from October's even 9 percent.